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Do you know that for a basketball league, having a 41 year old coach who is likely at the school for life who went to the sweet 16 last year at a school that has 6 final four appearances and 2 championships is pretty baller, especially compared to a school with a 60 year old coach? (and one with a completely unknown?)
Winning 3/4 (or 3/5) of the last football championships with limited resources doesn't hurt. Selling out our allotment to all our bowl games in the last 5 years is pretty good too.
Our academic argument makes itself, we're the largest research institution in the big east right now, before the other schools leave, our endowment is second only to Notre Dame, and we've jumped 17 spots in the US News and World Report in the last 2 years, and expect that meteoric rise to continue as we continue to restructure the school (it used to have more of an emphasis on community education which for a long time negatively affected our rankings, we have spun those off in large part.)
Given even 5 million more dollars a year (but what would likely be 10-15) we could begin to pay for major improvements to facilities that would improve attendance. We were behind a bit when we joined the Big East, this is fair, but given the resources possible with the B12 or the ACC, we can do great things.
This is the argument. It is better than UConn or UofL. We don't have to make it in the media because it is better than UConn or UofL.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by 08bearcat 17 months ago
What will ND do if the ACC crumbles and how will their actions impact UC? This is the big unknown
Two things need to happen for the ACC to be raided, one Maryland's buyout needs to be less than the $50 million and ACC needs to add basketball schools, this will tick off the FSU and Clemson making them want to bolt.
What the ACC needs to do to save its self is to go ahead and jump to 16 teams, not sure who all they could take though...there is UL, UC, UConn (if you add UL before to keep FSU happy) and then I'm drawing a blank. No way ND jumps on board, really no bonus by adding USF/UCF since they already have Miami and FSU. Really the only close non BCS schools that I can think of are Houston and Southern Miss, but both are really down in football because of coaching changes, doubt they could convince TCU to leave the Big 12 unless the PAC 12 decides to go to 16 as well and takes UT, OU and OKSt, plus someone else from the Big 12 (or BYU).
It would be better for the Big East and ACC to merge under the Big East umbrella. Then they could negotiate a monster tv contract because the BEAST is not locked in right now like the ACC is. That would be huge. I just think there are too many egos in the way to make something like this happen.
If they make their move now then UofL, UC and UConn would get the ACC to 16 and Notre Dame would give it a 17th basketball school. Why they're sitting and waiting I don't have a clue, maybe to get everyone on board, maybe to talk to their TV partners and get them to up their deal and absorb these schools. If Swofford is thinking he could talk FSU into taking Connecticut by agreeing to take Louisville and Cincinnati, two Top 25 caliber football programs with BCS pedigree, and who would still improve basketball as well as other sports.
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